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Bridging the Gap: Language and the Deaf Community | Alexa Paulay-Simmons | TEDxOhioStateUniversity (09:17)

When people think of language, it is common that a spoken language comes to mind. But what happens when someone does not have access to a spoken language? Embark on a personal journey as OSU Lecturer, Alexa Paulay-Simmons, unpacks internalized audism and explores how language attitudes ultimately perpetuate the stigmas tied around deaf people— or people with broken English. Born congenitally deaf, Alexa Paulay-Simmons is fortunate to have grown up in a multi-generational deaf family and a large deaf community in Maryland where she was able to communicate, learn and explore life using American Sign Language every day. She received a bilingual education from Maryland School for the Deaf, later she went on to graduate with M.A. in Sign Language Education from Gallaudet University— a bilingual university for deaf people.